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Pacers’ Artest picks up another flagrant-foul point

March 13, 2003

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— Indiana's Ron Artest was called for a flagrant foul in the fourth quarter Wednesday against Philadelphia for intentionally tackling Eric Snow.

The foul gave Artest seven flagrant-foul points, earning him another one-game suspension. If the foul is upheld by the NBA, he will miss his team's home game Friday against Utah.

Artest missed the Pacers' 107-88 loss Sunday to Sacramento after exceeding the five-point limit on flagrant-foul points. It was his third suspension of the year.

After Snow grabbed a rebound on the right baseline, Artest ran at him and pulled him down, earning the flagrant-foul call from referee Ken Mauer.

If Artest commits another flagrant foul this season, he will draw a two-game suspension.

In early January, Artest was suspended three games without pay and fined $35,000 for hurling a television monitor and smashing a camera after a loss in New York.

Later that month, he was suspended four games without pay for a run-in with Heat coach Pat Riley and for flashing an obscene gesture toward the crowd in Miami.

He also was suspended by his team for one game last month for smashing a framed picture of himself after a home loss to Washington.

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